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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 29, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 29, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• PM Kurti interview for Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
• Visa liberalisation proposal for Kosovo expected to be voted on Wednesday (RTK)
• Assembly committee to draft electoral reform soon (media)
• Four Albanians attacked in Mitrovica North, receive medical treatment (Klan)
• LVV MP: Those who were decorated by Vucic cannot return (Gazeta Blic)
• Kurti meets UN Special Rapporteur Savioli (media)
• Kurti: Inaction of judicial bodies in domestic violence cases cannot be justified (Koha)
• Association will be part of final settlement, according to analysts (RTK)
• Veliu believes return of Serbs to work in north was discussed in Brussels (Gazeta Blic)

Serbian Language Media:

• Surveys: Low level of trust in politicians (KiM radio)
• Vucic: ”If the issue of the status of Kosovo is over for Kurti, it is for me too” (KiM radio, N1, Beta, KoSSev)
• Vucic invites Norwegian King, Crown Prince to visit Serbia (N1, BETA, Tanjug)
• Dacic meets Docherty in London (Tanjug)
• Request of Thaci’s defence for early testimony of eight foreign diplomats dismissed (Kosovo Online)

International:

• Artwork Commemorating Kosovo Protests 32 Years Ago Unveiled in Pristina (BIRN)
• Kosovo Justice Institutions Lack Training to Deal with Far-Right Extremism (BIRN)
• Sexual violence against men and boys during the Kosovo war (Kosovo 2.0)

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Belgrade Media Report 29 November 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Tuesday 29 November 2022
LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic from Norway: Serbs have had enough (B92)
• Norway important partner of Serbia in energy transition (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
• Albanian flag on Bujanovac municipal administration building (Beta/Bujanovacke)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Varhelyi meets with members of B&H Presidency (N1)
• Tegeltija expects B&H will be granted the EU candidate status (FTV)
• Varhelyi meets Cikotic and attends signing of agreement between B&H Ministry of Security and IOM (FTV)
• Opposition representatives from RS and SDP B&H do not reach agreement on voting for delegates in B&H HoP at meeting in Sarajevo (BHT1)
• Dodik: It is important to have four delegates in B&H House of Peoples to protect interests of RS (BNTV)
• RS Prime Minister-designate Viskovic meets with SP and DEMOS representatives within ongoing consultations on new RS government (BHT1)
• Becirovic meets Ambassador Reilly: UK remains committed to supporting democracy, security and prosperity of B&H (Dnevni list)
• Sarajevo and Kyiv sign agreement on establishing friendly relations (Avaz)
Montenegro
• Voting on Constitutional Court judges postponed to 12 December (CdM)
• Radulovic: Latest EU enlargement strategy put an end to the Open Balkans concept (Pobjeda)
• Third WE ARE NUMEROUS protest message: We want elections, we don’t kiss chains or padlocks, Montenegro won’t join Serbian World (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• No discussion in history commission about defining MOC-OA status, says Kovachevski (Sitel/MIA)
• Onyshchenko still holds Macedonian citizenship, Kovachevski says (Alsat-M/Sitel)
Albania
• 110th anniversary of Independence, President Begaj gives a state reception (Radio Tirana)
• President Biden wishes Albania’s Independence Day (Radio Tirana)
• Steinmeier: Albania and Germany are linked by a close partnership (Radio Tirana)
• NATO congratulates Albania (Radio Tirana)
• Xhacka: Albania, a factor of stability (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, November 28, 2022

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Steinmeier: Even biggest disputes to be addressed and resolved peacefully (DW)
Fajon: Slovenia a strong advocate of visa liberalisation to Kosovo (RTK)
Kurti: Our army is consolidating professionally and operationally (media)
Ceku: Threats against me incited by media controlled by Vucic (euronews.al)
Gervalla confronts Dacic’s presence in PSVI conference in London (media)
EBU writes to Konjufca and Kurti for adequate funding for RTK (RTK)
S. embassy message on 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (media)
The government says it dialogues with the Serbs, but not publicly (RFE)
Is Kosovo Application for EU Candidacy Destined to Fail? (BIRN)
Death threats for Serbian journalists criticised over wok on Ukraine, Kosovo (RFE)

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Belgrade Media Report 28 November

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LOCAL PRESS

• Serbia appreciates Romania’s stance on Kosovo and Metohija (RTS)
• Government remains fully committed to European integration (Tanjug/RTS)
• PM: EU confirms existing agreements must be implemented before any new deals (Tanjug/RTS)
• Strategic relations with France constantly improving (Tanjug/RTS)
• Dacic: Kurti scored a big own goal against himself and against Kosovo (TV Prva/Politika)
• Serbia’s readiness for close cooperation with UN Human Rights Council (Tanjug)
• What is destiny of B&H like without Bakir Izetbegovic’ (Politika)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Protest of citizens staged outside B&H parliament in Sarajevo (Al Jazeera Balkans)
• RS PM-designate Viskovic holds individual meetings with representatives of NPS, DNS, SPS and Movement for State (RTRS)
• SDS Main Board elects acting members of SDS Presidency at session held Saturday (ATV)
• Opposition parties from RS confirm that they will take part in talks which will be organized by SDP B&H in Sarajevo on Monday (BHT1)
• Izetbegovic: Not smart to remove patriotic party from authorities (N1)
Montenegro
• Voting in Savnik interrupted: Sixth cycle the election in two polls didn’t finish (CdM)
• Jovana Marovic resigns from government and URA (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• MFA condemns irredentist statements of Bulgarian MP Kostadinov (All media)
• Kovachevski: Politicians like Kostadinov are not welcome in the country (MIA)
Albania
• Meeting of Assemblies Albania-Kosova, Begaj: We are indeed two states, but above all we are one Nation (Radio Tirana)
• 110th anniversary of Independence, Rama: Excellent and productive relations! Kurti: Perspectives and criticism to each other take us forward (Radio Tirana)
• The joint meeting of the two Assemblies on the 110th Independence anniversary, Nikolla: Blessed day! Konjufca: EU is our future! (Radio Tirana)
• Spiropali: The EU flag will fly on both sides of the Drin! Tahiri: Common response to anyone who tries to divide us! (Radio Tirana)
• Albania 110 years of statehood, Happy Flag Day! Celebrations and activities all over the country! Even Google “dresses” in red and black (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 28, 2022

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Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: Let’s rejoice in the successes of each Albanian (media)
• Osmani: As we made historical path together, we will have our journey to EU family together (Klan)
• Begaj: Albania will be the voice of Kosovo (media)
• Kurti: The December 6 summit turns Tirana into a European capital (RTK)
• Candidates for mayors of municipalities in the North to be certified today (Express)
• The CEC certified candidates for mayors of municipalities in the north (Koha)
• Aktiv: 70% of Kosovo Serbs say that Russia protects their rights best (Koha)

Serbian Language Media:

• PM Brnabic: Serbia appreciates Romania’s principled position on Kosovo (N1)
• Dacic: There is no deadline for reaching agreement with Pristina (Danas, Kosovo Online)
• Dacic: FIFA’s decision regarding Serbia is hypocritical (N1)
• Petkovic to Kurti: No deadline for the normalisation of relations, only the clock ticking for the formation of the ZSO (KoSSev)
• Office for KiM calls on Albanians not to use Albanian flags in Serb-majority areas (KoSSev)
• “KLA” graffiti written in Brezovica (Radio KIM)
• Vucevic: Situation in Kosovo still very tense (Radio KIM)
• Petrides: Cyprus will not change stance on Kosovo (Kosovo Online)
• Varhelyi to visit Serbia (Tanjug)

Opinion:

• How Brussels became Aachen: A vacuum in the institutions and a change in the nature of negotiations (KoSSev)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, November 28, 2022

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• Osmani: We coordinate with NATO for entire territory of Kosovo (RTK/Koha)
• Kurti: Serbia is using its influence in the north of Kosovo (RTK)
• Stano: Deadline for final agreement is not in hands of EU (ABC News)
• Kurti seeks increase in Albania-Kosovo cooperation (Albanian Daily News)
• MPs call for a formal border between Kosovo and Albania (Koha Ditore)
• Kosovo minister promises ‘results’ against car burners in north (BIRN)
• Kosovo complains to FIFA about ‘aggressive’ Serbian banner in Qatar (BIRN)
• Serbia charged over locker room Kosovo flag at World Cup (AP)
• Ceku says he received hundreds of threatening messages from Serbia (media)
• Abazi ready to resign if Constitution is changed because of Association (EO)
• Gervalla to attend conf on prevention of sexual violence in conflict (Kallxo)
• Why trouble flared up between Serbs and the Albanian-led government? (BBC)

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Belgrade Media Report 25 November 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Friday 25 November 2022

LOCAL PRESS

• Brnabic: Recommendation of European Parliament not in line with international law (Tanjug/Politika)
• Vucic: France one of Serbia’s most significant political and economic partners (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
• Larcher urges full implementation of Brussels agreement (Tanjug)
• Stano: EU expects formation of Community, return of Serb representatives (Tanjug)
• Milivojevic: Vucic is hiding everything being done with Kosovo from his own people (Beta)
• Botsan-Kharchenko: Gazprom open to talks on additional gas for Serbia (Tanjug)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik and Cvijanovic hold meeting with Vucic in Belgrade (ATV)
• Becirovic, Komsic host reception in Sarajevo City Hall on occasion of marking B&H’s Statehood Day (N1)
• Dodik: Biden’s congratulations note is viewed almost as provocation in the RS (ATV)
• Ostojic: Mahmuljin could not leave B&H and go to Turkey without prior agreement and cooperation of Bosniak political leadership and judiciary (ATV/Srna)
• Danijel Simic elected President of RS Association of Journalists (ATV)
Montenegro
• DPS: We’ll vote for one Constitutional Court judge if exact date of snap elections is determined and Law on President is withdrawn (CdM)
• Abazovic: It’s a notorious untruth that there’s no heating in schools because of this Govt, address those who planned previous budget (CdM)
• German Ambassador: We expect parties to agree and find a solution (RTCG)
Republic of North Macedonia
• Kovachevski: We need cultural centers that bring citizens of the two countries closer (All media)
• Ambassador Rusi-Popovska assures Bulgaria institutions in North Macedonia to investigate Ohrid culture club case (MIA)
• North Macedonia officially becomes member of Union for the Mediterranean (MIA)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 25, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 25, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• Osmani: Elections for Zvecan and Leposavic municipal assemblies on Dec 25 (media)
• Kurti travels to Spain, to attend congress of the Socialist International (media)
• Dynamic of dialogue will increase in coming days, political commentators say (RTK)
• The Assembly of Kosovo for the first time is represented in the APE Committee (RTK)
• Molliqaj: We oppose French-German plan, it does not include recognition (EO)
• Tahiri: Wrong practice not to publish reached agreements (media)
• Albania, Kosovo parliaments to hold joint session on Nov 27 (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: We don’t want Kosovo in UN – will you bomb us, make threats? (N1)
• Lazarevic on licence plates agreement, situation in northern Kosovo (Danas, N1)
• Brnabic: Licence plates deal positive signal for stability (Tanjug)
• Larcher urges full implementation of Brussels Agreement (Tanjug)
• Vucic meets Larcher (Tanjug)
• “Everything Kurti has asked for so far, Vucic has fulfilled” (Radio kontakt plus)
• Petkovic: Part of Serbian opposition wishes conflicts in Kosovo (Radio KIM)

International:

• Kosovo PM Says ‘Time For Big Steps’ In Normalisation Talks With Serbia (RFE)
• Albin Kurti hit with cherries by several PSD activists (euronews.al)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Kurti: Domestic violence and gender-based violence, not a private matter (Nacionale)
• International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women marked today (KP)
• Haxhiu: 2,500 cases of domestic violence reported since beginning of year (Klan)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, November 25, 2022

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• U.S. Ambassador Hovenier interview with Klan Kosova
• Kurti: No time for small ambitions, it’s time for big steps (media)
• Abbott welcomes agreement; “time for Serbs to return to institutions” (media)
• Kosovo PM expects final deal with Serbia early next year (Reuters)
• Krasniqi: I told Kurti, you cannot tell the U.S. “No” so often (T7)
• Albanian PM: I don’t agree with attacks against Albin Kurti (media)
• Osmani: Our bond with U.S. is stronger than ever (media)
• Serbia Claims ‘KM’ Plates Remain Valid in Kosovo Despite Deal (BIRN)
• Wages law will be in force one month after published on official gazette (Koha)
• Kosovo Faces Fresh Judicial Strike Over Draft Salary Law (BIRN)
• Szunyog surprised by decision to reduce salaries in judicial system (media)
• Peci on Berlin agreements: Serbia was pressured by a powerful EU state (KTV)
• SL List, 13 parties won’t take part in extraordinary elections in north (Kallxo)
• Albanian Foreign Minister to visit Kosovo today (media)
• Pupovci on his resignation as Deputy Minister of Education (Kallxo)

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Belgrade Media Report 24 November 2022

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United Nations Office in Belgrade

Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 24 November 2022

LOCAL PRESS

• Vucic: The situation is boiling, Serbs are fed up with terror (B92)
• Brnabic: Gratitude to Aliyev for support to Serbia’s territorial integrity (Tanjug/RTV)
• Petkovic: There is no punitive policy (B92)
• Borrell statement confirms agreement to avoid escalation (N1)
• Drecun: Important that this crisis is stopped, but the problem is not resolved (RTS)
• US Ambassador: Solve more important issues, postpone license plates (FoNet)
• US welcomes Belgrade-Pristina agreement (N1)
• Serbia’s commitment to European integration unquestionable (Tanjug/RTS)
• Stefanovic submits draft resolution on imposing sanctions on Russia (FoNet)

REGIONAL PRESS

Bosnia & Herzegovina
• Dodik grants RS PM-Designate Viskovic mandate to form new RS government (RTRS)
• Representatives of opposition in RS comment on Viskovic’s appointment (BNTV)
• Biden extends best wishes to B&H Presidency members, B&H citizens for B&H Statehood Day (FTV)
• Cvijanovic comments Biden’s letter congratulating Statehood Day, says this is not holiday in entire B&H (Srna)
• Komsic, Becirovic meet with UK Special Envoy Peach (Nezavisne)
• US Embassy to B&H: US regrets that B&H abstained from voting on UNGA’s Third Committee session resolution on Iran’s human rights situation (FTV)
• EU Delegation criticizes B&H for abstaining for vote on UN resolution on human rights in Iran (Nezavisne)
Montenegro
• Dritan Abazovic’s diplomatic purge (Pobjeda)
• Jokovic: I believe that this government will sign accession to OB (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia
• President Pendarovski meets new Head of OSCE Mission in Skopje (MKD.mk/Opserver/Centar/MakPress/Kurir/MIA)
• Xhaferi-Wahl: Challenging times ahead, need for larger mutual cooperation (MakPress/VecerPress/24 info/Press 24/Nova Makedonija/MIA)
Albania
• Meeting with the Minister of Justice, Kim: The fight against corruption, an essential interest of national security (Radio Tirana)
• King-Smith meeting with Begaj: Support to Albania for cyber defense (Radio Tirana)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 24, 2022

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, November 24, 2022

Albanian Language Media:

• Kurti: We managed to make French-German proposal part of dialogue (media)
• Stano: Kurti and Vucic will soon meet in Brussels (Albanian Post)
• Hovenier: Agreement enhances security, advances efforts to normalise relations (media)
• UNMIK chief Ziadeh welcomes agreement reached in Brussels (media)
• Rohde on agreement: Good news, and good sign for further talks (media)
• Varhelyi welcomes Kosovo-Serbia agreement on licence plates (media)
• Tajani: Agreement on licence plates, an important step towards peace (Zeri)
• LDK’s Abdixhiku welcomes agreement; criticises Kurti (media)
• PDK’s Krasniqi welcomes deal; slams Kurti for “making Vucic a party” (media)
• Tahiri: Kurti should not dare make an agreement without mutual recognition (Kallxo)

Serbian Language Media:

• Vucic: Pristina had better deal two days ago (Tanjug)
• Stano: EU expects establishment of ZSO and return of Serbs in institutions (Tanjug)
• RTS at Jarinje says it is peaceful, reprimands no longer issued (RTS)
• Drecun: Important the crisis was stopped, but the problem unsolved; Serbs will not return to institutions without ZSO (RTS, Blic)
• Serbian List welcomes agreement on licence plates in Brussels (Tanjug)
• Petkovic on licence plates agreement (Tanjug)
• SRSG Ziadeh welcomes agreement reached in Brussels (Kosovo Online, media)
• Trajkovic: Current KM plates “preserved” until they expire (Kosovo Online)
• Petkovic refutes Trajkovic’s remarks on licence plates (Kosovo Online)
• Miscevic: The EP resolution non-binding and without freezing funds (Tanjug, RTS)
• Bilcik: EP Resolution a signal for Serbia to impose sanctions on Russia (RFE, N1)
• Vucic says Serbia is not interested to recognize Kosovo (Tanjug)
• Aliyev: Belgrade, Baku support each other on territorial integrity (Tanjug)
• Women stage protest in Mitrovica North yesterday (N1)

Opinion:

• Licence Plates For Sovereignty (Kosovo 2.0)

International:

• Serbia Claims ‘KM’ Plates Remain Valid in Kosovo Despite Deal (BIRN)
• ‘Tale of Two Sophias’ Portrays Hope for Albanian-Serb Relations (BIRN)
• For Kosovo, the Football World Cup is More Than a Game (BIRN)

Humanitarian/Development:

• Russians fleeing Putin prepare for life in Serbian exile (france24.com)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, November 24, 2022

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• Kosovo, Serbia chief negotiators reach deal on licence plates (media)
• U.S. welcomes agreement to avoid further escalation of tensions (media)
• Chollet: Good call with Kurti; thanked him for constructive engagement (media)
• Osmani thanks Hovenier and U.S. Govt for active engagement in deal (media)
• EU: Kosovo, Serbia reach deal to end dangerous dispute over plates (Reuters)
• Bislimi: Borrell will soon invite Kurti and Vucic to discuss EU plan (media)
• Govt spokesman: Parties agreed to focus on French-German plan (media)
• Austria’s Foreign Minister welcomes Kosovo-Serbia agreement (media)
• Haradinaj welcomes agreement; “process to conclude with recognition” (media)
• Osmani: Elections in the north will be held, CEC is ready (RTK)
• Hebestreit: Plates shouldn’t hinder dialogue; Association to enter agenda (Klan)
• Abott: Resolving immediate issues, essential for Kosovo long-term goals (media)
• Von Cramon: Removing visa liberalisation from agenda, unacceptable (Kallxo)
• Mandl: Visa liberalisation has nothing to do with tensions in north (media)
• Government adopts official position on Kosovo’s bid for EU membership (media)
• Serbs Of Southern Kosovo See Belgrade Helping Northerners And Ask: But Who Will Take Care Of Us? (RFE)

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